Broadcom wants new injunction vs. Qualcomm

Chip maker Broadcom would try to stop rival Qualcomm from making, using, selling or developing cellular chips based on contested patents, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said this is the latest legal cannonball hurled by Broadcom in its wide-ranging court battle with Qualcomm over the rights to technology for cell phones.

The move comes two days after Broadcom chose to accept a reduced damage award of $19.6 million rather than retry its case against Qualcomm in a federal court in Santa Ana, the report said.

The Associated Press report said US District Court Judge James V. Selna initially indicated he would award Broadcom $39.3 million in damages, double what a jury awarded in May.

The panel found that Qualcomm willfully violated three of Broadcom's patents on technologies that help cell phones process video and walkie-talkie conversations and hand off calls between different networks.

Broadcom spokesman Bill Blanning said the company was glad Selna allowed the original jury verdict to stand and hoped he would grant the company's request for an injunction on Qualcomm's production of 3G W-CDMA and EV-DO cellular chips, the report further said.